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Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Many different sciences are used to learn about the earth, however, the four basic areas of Earth science study are: geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the Earth to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Others study the impact of human activity on Earth’s environment and design methods to protect the planet. Some use their knowledge about Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events.


Korey Champe
Assistant Professor of Earth Science
530-741-7676 phone
530-749-3854 fax (shared)


GEOG 1-Physical Geography (3 units)   CSU/UC
A spatial study of Earth’s dynamic physical systems and processes. Topics include maps, Earth-sun relations, weather, climate, water, landforms, soils, and the biosphere. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and processes and their resulting patterns and distributions. (L)

GEOL 10-Introduction to Geology (3 units)     CSU/UC – UC Unit Limit
Physical geology introduces the processes that are at work changing the Earth today. Covers rocks and minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics. It also examines how water and wind shape the Earth’s surface. Not open to students with credit in GEOL 10L. (L)

GEOL 20-Geology of California (3 units)     CSU/UC
General introduction to the geological sciences with emphasis on the geology of California. Topics covered will include the tectonic provinces, landforms, natural resources, geologic history, natural hazards, and related geologic environmental problems in the state. (L)



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